Mugabe*Three extraordinary documentaries will be presented: “Robert Mugabe: Villain or Hero?” an epic personal journey by filmmaker Roy Agyemang who found himself in Zimbabwean President Mugabe’s entourage, on Colonel Gaddafi’s private jet, and among a host of prominent African leaders; “Voices of Love: Whitney Houston and Her Family,” by filmmaker Gary Keys, a look into one of America’s most musically influential families, the Drinkard family, whose tradition of gospel produced such luminaries as Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston and Whitney Houston; and “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp” directed by Jorge Hinojosa and Executive Produced by Ice-T, which examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven groundbreaking books.

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“Robert Mugabe: Villain or Hero?” Filmed between 2007 and 2010 and Executive Produced by Neville Hendricks, Mugabe: Villain or Hero? is an epic personal journey, narrated by Roy Agyemang who, together with his UK-based Zimbabwean fixer, Garikayi Mushambadope, found themselves in Mugabe’s entourage, hobnobbing with prominent African leaders. ROBERT MUGABEIs there more to President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe than is being shown on our television screens? What’s the true extent of Mugabe’s support inside Zimbabwe? What has happened to the country that they all called the bread basket of Africa – and why? These questions and more led British filmmaker, Roy Agyemang, on a journey to Zimbabwe to make a documentary about President Robert Mugabe. What started out as a three-month mission turned into three life-changing years, culminating in a rare interview with one of the worlds longest-serving yet most reviled leaders. In his directorial debut Roy Agyemang draws on a wealth of news footage, including Bob Marley’s historic appearance at Independence celebrations in 1980.

Q&A guest panelists include director Roy Agyemang and Executive Director Neville Hendricks, who will be here from England.

“Voices of Love: Whitney Houston and Her Family” by Gary Keys trace the history of song in this talent-infused family and celebrates the spirit, the strength of family, and the power of gospel music to heal, to transcend and to entertain. It honors a family that has helped define the culture of popular music and has influenced generations of music lovers. Featuring performances, never-before seen footage and exclusive interviews, the documentary stars Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston and the Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, Roberta Flack, Gary Houston and The Drinkard Singers II. Houston Family 2Houston Family

Q&A guest panelists include director Gary Keys.

“Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp” directed by Jorge Hinojosa and Executive Produced by Ice-T, “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp,” examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail.   Taking “Iceberg Slim” as an assumed name, Robert Lee Maupin, born in Chicago in 1918, started pimping at 18, and continued to be engaged in human trafficking until age 42, in 1960, after a final 10-month prison stretch in solitary confinement.  At that point, he chose to make money off trafficking by writing about it instead, and became a cultural icon.  Interviews with Iceberg Slim, Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, and Quincy Jones.
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Q&A guest panelists include director Jorge Hinojosa and editor/Producer Danny Bresnik.
Formed in 2003, BAD West is a collective of documentary filmmakers of African descent that advocate the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers. Their previous DAY OF BLACK DOCS have featured the Oscar-winning “Music by Prudence,” Emmy-nominees “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America” and Stanley Nelson‘s “Freedom Riders,” plus many more.
Day of Black Docs is co-sponsored by the International Documentary Association and the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators in collaboration with ECRC- the Education is a Civil Right Committee.

All day admission to the Day of Black event is $15. Tickets can be purchased at www.dayofblackdocs.org or on April 6 at AFI.